Shandeigh “Nikki” Berry, Ph.D, RN, CNOR

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Assistant Professor of Nursing


Dr. Shandeigh “Nikki” Berry, PhD, RN, CNE, is an honored and award-winning graduate from Washington State University. She brings nine years of clinical experience in palliative, trauma, and critical care nursing. An assistant professor at Saint Martin's University, she teaches beginner through advanced medical/surgical nursing, palliative and trauma informed care. Dr. Berry’s research in perinatal loss, grief, and bereavement focuses on decreasing the emotional trauma parents experience in the wake of a life-limiting fetal diagnosis. Dr. Berry has developed multiple continuing education perinatal bereavement courses for leading reproductive loss organizations, including the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric, and Neonatal Nursing (AWHONN), Life Perspectives Institute on Reproductive Loss, and End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC). She was awarded the 2021 ELNEC Excellence Award in recognition of her distinguished contributions to palliative care education. Her research has been published in multiple peer reviewed journals, presented internationally, and incorporated into nation-wide perinatal palliative care curricula. Dr. Berry serves on nationwide committees and task force with leading perinatal loss organizations, including the Institute of Reproductive Grief Care and the Perinatal Loss and Infant Death Alliance (PLIDA). Dr. Berry is the founder of Project Poppyseed, a non-profit organization dedicated to breaking the silence of perinatal loss through research, education, and advocacy.